Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)
Michelle Romero, Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow, 408-550-3121 (cell)
Greenlining Institute Urges People of Color to Speak Up, Will Host Community Workshops
Today’s release of draft redistricting maps by California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission offers a reminder to Californians that only those who speak up will be heard, policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today. The commission was sensitive to the community input it received at public hearings held earlier this year, but communities of color showed up in smaller numbers, disadvantaging some from being fairly represented in line-drawing.
The draft maps are available at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/maps-first-drafts.html. The Commission plans to hold a series of community meetings around the state to get input and reaction to the draft maps, and will also be accepting public comment by e-mail at email@example.com, by fax (916) 651-5711, and by mail to: Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814. The commission’s schedule of hearings and meetings is posted at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/hearings.html.
“One thing that’s clear is that when communities turned out to make their feelings known, it made a difference,” said Greenlining Institute Redistricting Fellow Michelle Romero. “Anyone who feels the draft maps don’t treat their communities appropriately needs to speak up now.”
Greenlining will be hosting community workshops around the state to analyze and evaluate the Commission’s first draft maps. The following sessions are now scheduled (note that some details have changed since previous advisories):
Los Angeles (South): Sat. June 11, 2 p.m.
Co-hosted by the West Angeles Community Development Corp., Ward Economic Development Corp., African American Redistricting Collaborative, and the Los Angeles Urban League.
West Angeles Villas, 6030 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Bakersfield: Weds. June 15, 6 p.m.
Co-sponsored with the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
Laborers International Union Hall, 2201 H Street, Bakersfield, CA
Fresno: Wed. June 15, noon
Fresno City College, Senate Chambers
1101 E. University Ave., Fresno, CA 93741
San Francisco Bay Area: Sat. June 18, 1:30 p.m.
The Greenlining Institute, 1918 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704